The Legal Implications of Regional Integration Systems
12 PM EDT
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Program Description Africa has more regional organizations than any other continent. The Organization of African Unity (OAU) was founded in 1963 under the spirit of pan-Africanism with a commitment towards continental integration. Renamed the African Union in 1999, the continent comprises several Regional Economic Communities (REC) that are the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Some Member States belong to more than one REC, which often presents competing interests and obligations.
Regional integration systems attempt to resolve concerns ranging from customs, trade, and currency to migration, energy and peacekeeping. Many of the continent’s regional organizations have faced challenges in translating regional agreements into national laws that are actually implemented and enforced. In light of the diverse languages, legal systems and economies found within each region, cohesion and cooperation is a difficult task. The missions of regional integration systems are admirable, but the legal implications of such organizations may preclude visible, local results.